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Thinking About Going To Law School And Becoming A Lawyer?
I Have Always Been Interested In Law, And I Am Thinking About Going To Law School. The Thing That Is Holding Me Back Is That I Am Not That Articulate. I Can Get Nervous And Freeze Up In Front Of People, And I Also Am Not The Best When It Comes To Words And Convincing People. But Those Things Are Very Important If You Want To Become A Successful Lawyer, Right? So, Do I Still Have A Shot? Or Should I Look Into Something Else?

Lawyers are a dime a dozen. Heck their is a shortage of pharmacists and their median wage is $98,000K well above lawyers. Dentists 180,000K median and their is a shortage.

From US News, Poor careers for 2006
Attorney. If starting over, 75 percent of lawyers would choose to do something else. A similar percentage would advise their children not to become lawyers. The work is often contentious, and there's pressure to be unethical. And despite the drama portrayed on TV, real lawyers spend much of their time on painstakingly detailed research. In addition, those fat-salaried law jobs go to only the top few percent of an already high-powered lot.

Many people go to law school hoping to do so-called public-interest law. (In fact, much work not officially labeled as such does serve the public interest.) What they don't teach in law school is that the competition for those jobs is intense. I know one graduate of a Top Three law school, for instance, who also edited a law journal. She applied for a low-paying job at the National Abortion Rights Action League and, despite interviewing very well, didn't get the job.

From the Associated Press, MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A lawmaker who persuaded the Assembly to eliminate all state funding for the University of Wisconsin law school says his reasoning is simple: There's too many lawyers in Wisconsin.

From an ABA study about malpractice claims, More Sole Practicioners: There appears to be an increasing trend toward sole practicioners, due partly to a lack of jobs for new lawyers, but also due to increasing dissatisfaction among experienced lawyers with traditional firms; leading to some claims which could have been avoided with better mentoring.

New Lawyers: Most insurers have noticed that many young lawyers cannot find jobs with established firms, and so are starting their own practices without supervision or mentoring. This is likely to cause an increase in malpractice claims, although the claims may be relatively small in size due to the limited nature of a new lawyers

“In a survey conducted back in 1972 by the American Bar Association, seventy percent of Americans not only didn’t have a lawyer, they didn’t know how to find one. That’s right, thirty years ago the vast majority of people didn’t have a clue on how to find a lawyer. Now it’s almost impossible not to see lawyers everywhere you turn."

Growth of Legal Sector
Lags Broader Economy; Law Schools Proliferate
For graduates of elite law schools, prospects have never been better. Big law firms this year boosted their starting salaries to as high as $160,000. But the majority of law-school graduates are suffering from a supply-and-demand imbalance that's suppressing pay and job growth. The result: Graduates who don't score at the top of their class are struggling to find well-paying jobs to make payments on law-school debts that can exceed $100,000. Some are taking temporary contract work, reviewing documents for as little as $20 an hour, without benefits. And many are blaming their law schools for failing to warn them about the dark side of the job market.

The law degree that Scott Bullock gained in 2005 from Seton Hall University -- where he says he ranked in the top third of his class -- is a "waste," he says. Some former high-school friends are earning considerably more as plumbers and electricians than the $50,000-a-year Mr. Bullock is making as a personal-injury attorney in Manhattan. To boot, he is paying off $118,000 in law-school debt.

A slack in demand appears to be part of the problem. The legal sector, after more than tripling in inflation-adjusted growth between 1970 and 1987, has grown at an average annual inflation-adjusted rate of 1.2% since 1988, or less than half as fast as the broader economy, according to Commerce Department data.

On the supply end, more lawyers are entering the work force, thanks in part to the accreditation of new law schools and an influx of applicants after the dot-com implosion earlier this decade. In the 2005-06 academic year, 43,883 Juris Doctor degrees were awarded, up from 37,909 for 2001-02, according to the American Bar Association. Universities are starting up more law schools in part for prestige but also because they are money makers. Costs are low compared with other graduate schools and classrooms can be large. Since 1995, the number of ABA-accredited schools increased by 11%, to 196.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, the inflation-adjusted average income of sole practitioners has been flat since the mid-1980s. A recent survey showed that out of nearly 600 lawyers at firms of 10 lawyers or fewer in Indiana, wages for the majority only kept pace with inflation or dropped in real terms over the past five years.

Many students "simply cannot earn enough income after graduation to support the debt they incur," wrote Richard Matasar, dean of New York Law School, in 2005, concluding that, "We may be reaching the end of a golden era for law schools."

Now, debate is intensifying among law-school academics over the integrity of law schools' marketing campaigns.
David Burcham, dean of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, considered second-tier, says the school makes no guarantees to students that they will obtain jobs.

OK, I have to interject right here. Did a dean of a law school basically say you could go through all the nonsense of getting into law school, law school, ethics exam, bar exam and you should not expect some sort of gainful employment after you are through? You might as well go to Las Vegas and put your tuition money on the rouelette table and let it ride, you may have better odds of making money than going to his school and getting a decent paying law job. This guy is a jerk.

Yet economic data suggest that prospects have grown bleaker for all but the top students, and now a number of law-school professors are calling for the distribution of more-accurate employment information. Incoming students are "mesmerized by what's happening in big firms, but clueless about what's going on in the bottom half of the profession," says Richard Sander, a law professor at the University of California-Los Angeles who has studied the legal job market.

But in law schools' self-published employment data, "private practice" doesn't necessarily mean jobs that improve long-term career prospects, for that category can include lawyers working under contract without benefits, such as Israel Meth. A 2005 graduate of Brooklyn Law School, he earns about $30 an hour as a contract attorney reviewing legal documents for big firms. He says he uses 60% of his paycheck to pay off student loans -- $100,000 for law school on top of $100,000 for the bachelor's degree he received from Columbia University. "Most people graduating from law school," he says, "are not going to be earning big salaries."

Adding to the burden for young lawyers: Tuition growth at law schools has almost tripled the rate of inflation over the past 20 years, leading to higher debt for students and making starting salaries for most graduates less manageable, especially in expensive cities. Graduates in 2006 of public and private law schools had borrowed an average of $54,509 and $83,181, up 17% and 18.6%, respectively, from the amount borrowed by 2002 graduates, according to the American Bar Association.

But just as common -- and much less publicized -- are experiences such as that of Sue Clark, who this year received her degree from second-tier Chicago-Kent College of Law, one of six law schools in the Chicago area. Despite graduating near the top half of her class, she has been unable to find a job and is doing temp work "essentially as a paralegal," she says. "A lot of people, including myself, feel frustrated about the lack of jobs," she says.

The market is particularly tough in big cities that boast numerous law schools. Mike Altmann, 29, a graduate of New York University who went to Brooklyn Law School, says he accumulated $130,000 in student-loan debt and graduated in 2002 with no meaningful employment opportunities -- one offer was a $33,000 job with no benefits. So Mr. Altmann became a contract attorney, reviewing electronic documents for big firms for around $20 to $30 an hour, and hasn't been able to find higher-paying work since.

Some new lawyers try to hang their own shingle. Matthew Fox Curl graduated in 2004 from second-tier University of Houston in the bottom quarter of his class. After months of job hunting, he took his first job working for a sole practitioner focused on personal injury in the Houston area and made $32,000 in his first year. He quickly found that tort-reform legislation has been "brutal" to Texas plaintiffs' lawyers and last year left the firm to open up his own criminal-defense private practice.

He's making less money than at his last job and has thought about moving back to his parents' house. "I didn't think three years out I'd be uninsured, thinking it's a great day when a crackhead brings me $500."

Here is an example ad in Massachusetts for an experienced attorney, that mentions salary, it was posted this week. Most jobs don't state salary in the ad cause the pay is pretty low.

Office of the District Attorney, criminal attorney, for the Bristol County District seeks staff attorney for the Appellate Division. Excellent writing skills and a passion for appellate advocacy are a must. Salary $37,500. Preference given to candidates who live in or will relocate to Bristol County.

LOL, secretaries with no college can make more. What is even more sad is there will probably be like 50-100 lawyers that send in their resume for this ad.

Here is another attorney ad. They pay 35K-40K, yet they want someone with experie

What Is A Felony?
I Mean What Are Some Crimes That Are Considered Felonies?

felony is the term for a "very serious" crime, whereas misdemeanors are considered to be less serious offenses. It is principally used in criminal law in the United States legal system.

The distinction between a felony and misdemeanor has been abolished by some common law jurisdictions (e.g. Crimes Act 1958 (Vic., Australia) s. 332B(1), Crimes Act 1900 (NSW., Australia) s. 580E(1)); other jurisdictions maintain the distinction, notably those of the United States. Those jurisdictions which have abolished the distinction generally adopt some other classification, e.g. in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom the crimes are divided into summary offences and indictable offences.

A felon is a person responsible for committing a felony.

A felony is one of the highest classes of offenses, and punishable with death or imprisonment. It is a crime punishable by 1 or more years of imprisonment, regarded in the US and other judicial systems as more serious than a misdemeanor. An offense carrying a lesser sentence is usually a misdemeanor.

Crimes which are commonly considered to be felonies include, but are not limited to: aggravated assault and/or battery, arson, burglary, drug possesion, embezzlement, racketeering, murder, and rape. A third offense for drinking and driving is also a felony in most states. Those who are convicted of a felony are known as felons, a social stigma. Originally, felonies were crimes for which the punishment was either death or forfeiture of property. In modern times felons can receive punishments which range in severity; from probation, to imprisonment, to execution. In the United States felons often receive additional punishments such as the loss of voting rights, exclusion from certain lines of work, prohibition from obtaining certain licenses, exclusion from purchase/possession of firearms or ammunition, and ineligibility to run for or be elected to public office. In addition, some states consider a felony conviction to be grounds for an uncontested divorce. These, among other losses of privileges not included explicitly in sentencing, are known as collateral consequences of criminal charges.

Do You Have To Have Certain Personality Traits To Be A Great Lawyer/Attorney?
Certian Traits Like Being Stubborn.

Actually, there is an age-old question that asks whether a person IS a certain kind of person and therefore becomes a lawyer, or if a person is a lawyer and then BECOMES that kind of person. (Sort of a "chicken or the egg" question).

But actually, yes and no. (And stubborn is NOT a good thing- you can be stubborn and be WRONG, or be stubborn and therefore INFLEXIBLE, and you can be stubborn to the detriment of your client's case- none of which are attributes that make up a good attorney. Tenacious? Yes. Stubborn? No.)

The one thing I have learned over the years in the courtroom is this: When it comes to who will "win" the case, what matters is not so much the law as it stands because that is the same for both attorneys, just different interpretations and perspectives; it is not even so much the client (I am specifically referring to criminal cases here- but it is generally true across the board) or even the crime. Although all of that matters in one way or another, it can all be secondary to whether or not the jury likes you- the attorney. I have witnessed many juries struggle to find a reason to side with the attorney they liked (and thus, their client), even when the law and arguments were in favor of opposing counsel.
So, to answer your question, yes, but they are not the traits you might think- more like respect (for the Court, clients, opposing counsel and jurors), humility (arrogance is never viewed favorably- even when you are right) deference (to the Court) and straightforwardness (can't outsmart an entire jury).

(The other traits you were thinking of? You need those for law school.)

ADD: What is a "gift of the Gap"? I've never heard of that. I have heard of the "gift of gab", but I am not sure as to the connection between good lawyering and a popular retail clothing store.

Personal Injury Trial Lawyers ?
What Is The Best Way Getting Personal Injury Trial Lawyers ?

If you need get help with law in injury related stuff i suggest you can call to 855-993-4042. Got good info from them.

What Do You Think Of The Nebrask Attorney General And His Decision Not To Give Free Legal Service To Illegals?
&Quot;I'M Not Going To Use Taxpayer Dollars To File Lawsuits For Illegal Aliens,&Quot; Said Bruning After Learning The Couple Was In The U.S. Illegally. &Quot;You'Re Not Going To Get A Free Lawyer&Quot; From His Office, He Said, &Quot;If You'Re Not A Citizen Of This Country.&Quot; The Illegal Alien Proponent Moron Answers At The End Of The Column With This Oxymoron Gem &Quot;Even If A Person Is Here Illegally, We Should Enforce The Law.&Quot; The Complete Article Can Be Found Here: Http://News.Yahoo.Com/S/Ap/20080501/Ap_On_Re_Us/Immigrants_Discrimination;_Ylt=Agj3kpcttf2_Nkr4f3iio2vvzwcf

Those services are there for legal citizens. He understands the wording and is complying with the law. I think it is good.

Rental Laws And Service Dogs In Ny?
I'M Trying To Get An Apartment In Upstate New York, But No Body Wants To Allow Dogs. I Have 3 German Shepherds, All Of Which Are Service Dogs, One Works With Me Directly As A Passive Detecting Canine Where I Work As Well As A Search And Rescue Dog And A Mobility Service Dog. I Was Told My A Family Member Since These Are Working Service Dogs, That Legally I Cant Be Turned Down For An Apartment (I'M More Than Willing To Pay Extra Deposits And Stuff) But I'M Trying To Find Out Since We Are In Desperate Need Of An Apartment... Does Anyone Have Any Tips Or Ideas? We Cannot Purchase A Home, So That Is Out Of The Question. If You Have An Idea, I Would Love To See A Direct Link For Support If Thats Possible. Thanks So Much!!!!

All are your service dogs for a medical condition that you have (or someone in your home has)?

This is more of a legal question than a dog question. Yes, the law states that if you have a service dog, a legitimate service dog, then you cannot be turned down for an apartment or home based on ownership of that dog. You also cannot be charged extra rent or deposits. However, I am not aware of limits with owning 3. Especially if they are all for one person.

If someone came to me owning 3 service dogs for herself, I'd get suspicious. Most service dogs are trained to handle all issues themselves, thereby eliminating the need for 3 dogs.

Your best bet is to contact an attorney familiar with the ADA laws in NY. You may also want to contact someone in the fair housing department for your state.

Added: If you can provide more info as to what kind of service these dogs provide, if you are comfortable with it, I may be able to help further?

Added II: Thank you for the additional info. The SAR & narcotics dogs are not service animals. They do not fall under the ADA or Fair Housing Act protections. They are working dogs, not service dogs. The Mobility Dog may be considered a service dog, if it's been trained to do a certain task that helps out with your husband's disability. This dog would be covered under the ADA guidelines and the fair housing act.